WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Committee for Economic Development (CED) is leading an effort for business leaders, with a set of materials to assist them, to support high-quality College- and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS) for English language arts and mathematics.
"As the primary consumers of the education system, business leaders have a keen interest in ensuring that students graduate from both high school and postsecondary institutions ready to contribute to the workforce," said Howard Fluhr, Chairman of the Segal Group and member of CED's College- and Career-Ready Task Force.
As part of its White Paper, "How Business Leaders Can Support College- and Career-Readiness," CED identified three key ways business can best support continuation of this state-led education initiative:
- Building and sharing their knowledge of the benefits of CCRS;
- Championing efforts to keep CCRS in states; and,
- Educating stakeholders about the challenges in implementing CCRS.
"Employment projections indicate a growing need for a better educated and more highly skilled workforce, and the United States has a pipeline problem," Fluhr continued. "By 2020, six short years away, 65% of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary education, and as a result, student outcomes in schools must improve to meet the needs of employers."
College- and Career-Ready Standards help level the playing field for all American students by defining the key skills and knowledge needed by grade levels K-12, not by imposing curriculum. According to the Fordham Institute, these research- and evidence-based standards are clearer and more rigorous than previous standards in 33 U.S. states.
Learn more about CED's work on college- and career-readiness here.
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SOURCE Committee for Economic Development